Demi Jones has been left feeling scared and angry over her thyroid cancer diagnosis.
The former Love Island star announced her health battle in May, and has shared her frustration at having an important hospital appointment delayed six times due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Demi told The Sun that she sobbed after being told by a consultant that the golf-ball-sized lump on her neck had to be cut out as quickly as possible after doctors previously told her that it was nothing to worry about.
"If I'd listened to the doctors then I might be sitting here now not knowing I had cancer inside me. I've felt scared and angry. I went for a coffee the other day with a friend and said 'Why me? I don't know anyone my age who has got cancer.' But I'm lucky, my cancer is treatable," she explained.
She first discovered a lump on her neck in 2019 and was told it was a "harmless nodule" after extensive tests.
Demi's lump on her neck sparked concern from viewers during her appearance on the 2020 series of Love Island, and she tried to get it checked out, but her appointment was delayed six times over seven months.
She confessed she didn't feel like she had anything to worry about due to her tests in 2019 being clear, so she was stunned when the consultant gave her the shocking diagnosis that she had papillary thyroid cancer.
"It was a cancer I didn't even know existed, and now I had it. I called my mum, sobbing down the phone," she sadly shared.
Demi, who will need surgery to remove her thyroid and has to take hormone tablets, said the cancer diagnosis has made her "appreciate everything so much more".